What is the very first thing that come to mind when you hear the word “Android”? Maybe for those people who are not into hi-tech stuff, they would think of those powerful characters from popular Chinese & Japanese series. But, for tech savvy individuals who are always in the look out for the latest buzz from the technology industry, Android is a very powerful technological innovation that is now rapidly changing the face of modern mobile computing.
What is ANDROID?
Android is a mobile (i.e tablet, smartphone) platform from Open Handset Alliance. It was acquired by Google (the developer) as Android Inc. (the start-up team that created the software) in 2005. It is an operating system that is based on Linux and Java. Android devices feature touch screens, GPS, Wi-Fi, camera, 3G or 4G service, and all applications you can think of that are supported by the version installed on your mobile device. The very first Android enabled device was introduced by T-Mobile on the year 2008.
Android VS iPhone
Android users download and install applications from the Android Market (Android’s online store). Aside from being at par or being more superior to Apple’s iPhone, Android provides access to a wide range of useful libraries and tools that can be used to build rich applications. For example, Android enables developers to obtain the location of the device, and allows devices to communicate with one another enabling rich peer-to-peer social applications.
Android quickly became iPhone’s toughest competitor because aside from the fact that it’s at par with iPhone’s functionality, it also gives equal access of technology to all (not just the wealthy ones but also the masses). This, is because Android is an open-source software. Compared to iPhone’s apps which are solely controlled by Apple, Android has open-source applications.
“We created Android in response to our own experiences launching mobile apps. We wanted to make sure that there was no central point of failure, so that no industry player can restrict or control the innovations of any other. That’s why we created Android, and made its source code open.“, stated by the team behind the Android project headed by Google.
Android is for ALL
When I heard of this amazing innovation from Google, I was ecstatic and searched every article online that discusses how great it is. For the very first time, someone is toppling Apple’s “elitist” iPhone and giving every human being equal opportunity to use the latest technological innovation in mobile computing.
Technology should be for all and should not be limited or monopolized by any entities. Kudos to Google and to all the people behind this generation’s greatest innovation. \m/References: http://www.openhandsetalliance.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_%28operating_system%29 http://android.com Photo Source: androidcommunity.com